JamES Gough

Council - Fendalton

James Gough is a third term City Councillor, representing the Fendalton Ward. He is the Chair of the Central City Development Forum, the Health and Safety Committee, Acting Chair of the Regulatory Performance Committee since 2018 and a member of the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee.

He comes from a private enterprise background, particularly in the areas of property, asset management, strategy and governance.

James is a Director of Christchurch City Holdings Ltd (CCHL) and Chair of Civic Building Ltd (CBL), including the Joint Venture Board with Ngai Tahu Property Ltd.

He is also a Director of Gough Corporation Holdings Ltd, Gough Property Corporation Ltd, Countrywide Residential (2018) Ltd and a Trustee of the Antony Gough Trust. He has served as Chair/Director of Vbase Ltd and a Director of Canterbury Development Corporation Ltd, Canterbury Regional Innovation Systems Ltd, Jet Engine Facility Ltd and AMI Stadium Ltd.

James was also a Director of Gough Group Ltd - a large family business specialising in heavy machinery, transport and finance which includes the New Zealand Caterpillar dealership and employs approximately 900 people throughout New Zealand and Australia.

He is passionate about Christchurch and his local community, having served on the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board since 2007 and has been involved at a governance or fundraising level for local charities including the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust, the Diabetes Research Institute Trust, the Foundation for Youth Development, the MacLean Institute Trust and the Canterbury Earthquake Children's Trust. He also sits on the Christchurch-China Sister Cities Committee.

James is married to wife Jasmine and they have two young children and a dog named Boston.

Follow James on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/JGoughPage 

David Cartwright

My principal place of residence is in the Fendalton Ward of the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board area.

I am committed to our community and those who live in it. The next few years will continue to be important for the development of Christchurch, and a strong community voice is needed to ensure we make the most of every opportunity.

I want to see a straightforward and common sense approach to the governance of Christchurch, with clear and open communication between all stakeholders.

My background is in hospitality and general management. I am a member of the NZ Institute of Directors, and a board member of Keep Christchurch Beautiful. My community involvement gives me the opportunity to talk with people from a variety of organisations and interest groups; providing a broad perspective on what is happening across our city, and a sound base from which to advocate on different issues.

You can contact me at:
027 496 5977


Sam Macdonald

I am currently the Chair of the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board.

My principal place of residence is in the Waimairi Ward of the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board area.  

I am 27 years old and I currently reside in the Waimairi Ward, working as a Chartered Accountant. I am involved in our local community and I have a strong financial background. I am excited by the opportunities Christchurch presents post-earthquake, and I believe it is crucial we encourage more young people to get involved in the Local Government Elections.

I believe that the decisions the Council and our Community Boards make now will continue to impact future generations of Cantabrians, and because of this we must work to ensure that Council decisions are pragmatic, fiscally sustainable and future focussed. I believe in local representation and I welcome your feedback at any time.

You can contact me at:
027 333 9215

Linda Chen

Community Board - Harewood

My principal place of residence is in the Harewood Ward of the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board area.

I was raised in Christchurch and I have attended two primary schools in the Harewood area. My interests are in future development and upgrading the living standards of all the residents in our community.

I believe Harewood has so much to offer and the fantastic people in this community deserve the best. To me, this means having safer roads with more traffic lights, better facilities for people of all ages and a cleaner environment not only for our current residents but also for the future generation.

As a financial adviser, I am very people-focused and am passionate about listening and finding the right solutions for families and businesses in our community. I also strongly feel that our residents need to be well informed on the use of the council's budget to make sure the funds are allocated appropriately.

You can contact me at:
027 844 9087

Helen Broughton

My principal place of residence is in the Riccarton Ward of the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board area.

I am currently the Deputy Chair of the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board. 

I am a strong, experienced advocate with a real commitment to this community, where I have lived over 30 years and have raised two children in. 

As Deputy Chair of your current Community Board and former City Councillor, I have the planning knowledge and experience to advocate effectively for our diverse community that is facing increased pressures from the new City Plan. 

I am committed to protecting our residential environment and giving residents a real voice on local decisions. In this term, I have stopped apartment zoning in north Riccarton, promoted parking restrictions in residential streets, retained Council services for the new Riccarton Community Centre and developed the university to city cycleway. 

I work to protect our heritage: former Trustee of Riccarton House and Canterbury Museum. I hold a MA (Hons) from Canterbury, former human resource manager, trained teacher and counsellor. 

I will continue to stand up for you and deliver results.

You can contact me at:

 Helen Broughton also has a Riccarton Website: https://www.broughton.co.nz or https://broughton.co.nz

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Catherine Chu

Community Board - Riccarton

It’s time for a new face and a new perspective for Riccarton.

I was born in Christchurch, raised in Riccarton and am currently a Business Banking Manager. I am also studying Chinese and Japanese at the University of Canterbury. Furthermore, I am fluent in both Korean and English. With a multi-cultural background, I have a broad understanding of various cultures and I believe I can unite our different ethnic groups together.

I am also volunteering for the youth in our community as a member of the Youth Committee at the Riccarton Rotary Club.

Being brought up in Riccarton has helped me understand what needs to be implemented for our community. There have been many changes in Riccarton since the earthquake. The influx of population has caused traffic congestions and parking problems. The issue of increase in crime rates and the safety of our residents needs to be addressed. My focus is on investing in the right areas where it matters to you and ensure that every dollar makes a difference to our society.

I believe that transparency is key in ensuring that this happens as it means we can collaborate as a community and go through a collective decision making process, making the right choices for our people. Your voices and opinions are what matters to me most.

You can contact me at: 
021 176 0985



Bridget Williams

Community Board - Fendalton

My principal place of residence is in the Fendalton Ward of the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board area.

Being a fifth generation Cantabrian, I have lived in the area for all of my 24 years and have immense pride for my city. After my experience as President of the Student Volunteer Army, it was a natural step to apply my passion and commitment to the community.

I am stepping up again with three years experience and enthusiasm, to ensure your opinions are upheld and supported. I will continue making a positive change where it counts whether it's maximising creativity, encouraging local talent, or pushing your values into action.

Having recently graduated with both Law and Arts Degrees at Canterbury University, I've made a conscious choice to remain in Christchurch during future focused decisions. Being one of the younger representatives, I bring a youthful perspective complimented by my previous term and local knowledge.

Together we can flourish fresh development, respect tradition while embracing community compassion.

You can contact me at:
027 698 6383



ShirIsh Paranjape

Community Board - Waimairi

Having lived in Waimari ward since 2002, I have been active in the local community as a Justice of the Peace, a Rotarian, member of the Christchurch Multicultural Council and a “Neighbourly” lead.

An electrical engineer, I work as an international sales manager for a local hi-tech export company. I have been in customer-service roles throughout my career and I am confident in my managerial capabilities and ability to resolve conflicts.

I am on the boards of Riccarton House & Bush Trust and Plains FM96.9 access radio.

At the national level, I sit on the Lotteries Commission and Crown Panel.

I understand the value of community engagement, diversity and prudent money management; and I enjoy working in teams with a common purpose.

Re-electing me will ensure that you continue to be represented by a person with integrity and passion for the role.

Contact me on 0212460308 or shirishparanjape1@gmail.com.